NO MORE PLASTIC CAPS! Plastic on a Harley engine? NO WAY!
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(Scroll down for OTHER COMMENTS or objections, why some people say they don't need a locking oil cap. Interesting.)
A. A new customer says it best!
“Hi Kurt, I just wanted to let you know how much I like your Locking Oil Caps.
Not only are they ‘made in America’, they look great and work well. I sleep well
knowing the oil cap is locked on and keeping deviants out.
1. Check out Harley-Davidson Forums for a discussion of locking oil caps: (opens, new window)
NOTE: If the link has changed, go to http://www.harley-davidsonforums.com/forums/ and search: locking oil caps
Thread starts 2011 but active comments. Oregon and national posts.
3. "I have not been a statistic (# of Harleys vandalized) and
don't plan on it ! I installed my GUARDIAN Oil Protector Locking Cap last
week. It was extremely simple to install. I am impressed with the quality of
this product and it looks great. Nice product K&B! Thanks."
- - Mike A.,
5. "Ever since I installed the GUARDIAN oil protector cap, not
only did it add a stylish new look, it gives me the satisfaction of knowing that
the oil can't be tampered with - it gives me a secure feeling of parking my bike
anywhere. I highly recommend investing in the GUARDIAN oil protector cap for
your Harley Davison motorcycle. You won't be disappointed. (K & B, feel free to
use my comments on this. Thanks.)" - - Dale
Gebeau, Painesville, Ohio
9. "Some as _ h_ _ _ put kerosene in my oil when I had it (my Harley) for sale up by the road in front of my house. I never thought something like this would ever happen to me." -- R.A., Akron, Ohio
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10. "You know you really can't appreciate the quality of these caps until you hold one in your hands. Really nice!" (comment at the GUARDIAN exhibit - photo below right, at the Louie Run, Painesville, Ohio)
COMMENTS or objections...
“You might find these reasons very interesting. These are actual comments we’ve gotten or heard. We thought we should post these so visitors could see the reasons that some people give for not buying a precision locking oil cap."
Good reasons or bad, you be the judge.
- - Kurt Fogle,
Guardian Oil Protector developer, Owner, K&B Enterprizes, LLC
Comments and reasons given...
“I don’t need no locking oil cap. If someone messes with my bike, I’ll kick their ass.”
Kurt’s response: “Really. We hear this more than you’d think. So, you’re a tough guy, and rightfully so that you’d get after them. But you have to catch them at it first, have to know for sure who did it before you risk an assault charge, and that’s the rub. This is vandalism. They do it on the sly, when you’re not around, it only takes seconds to trash your oil, and then they’re gone. And their kick is thinking of you riding down the road when under you the engine pretty much explodes inside, and you’re out of commission for maybe weeks or a month or so. Rarely does anyone ever find out who sabotaged their bike, so good luck with that.” See customer comments
“I have an oil filter and that should protect my engine, so why would I need this?”
Kurt’s response: “We all wish that was true, but it is not. A Harley engine is not like a car engine, and the oil goes all through the engine BEFORE it gets to the oil filter. Even so, when something blocks the oil filter, the oil circulation stops and the next step is your engine blowing." See further explanation and diagram. What clogs the filter stops the oil and blows the engine.
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“I have insurance, so this is probably covered if something happens and I wouldn’t need a lock.”
Kurt’s response: “Well, good that you have insurance. And if that’s the case, then you probably don’t have locks or use locks anywhere else, either, like a fork lock, gas cap lock, saddle bag lock, cable locks, etc., ‘cause you’re covered by insurance. The facts, when you think about this, are that people do indeed steal bikes, they do steal items from bikes, and they certainly do sabotage bikes one way or another. If not to you, possibly ‘not yet.’ Probably the most devastating damage that can happen to your bike is to your engine, trashing the oil that trashes the engine and what requires the most down time to repair (engine) – it can be more weeks than you care to think about without your bike. Good that you have insurance, but this misses a critical point. And insurance alone only is of some financial help to you AFTER you’ve experienced a loss. After. Bike and oil vandalism happens. People buy our locking oil caps to protect their bike and their investment, similarly a kind of insurance, while more like security, that actually DETERS or PREVENTS damage. Locks work.
“People get their bikes vandalized because they’ve done something to piss
Kurt’s response: “Well, this sounds logical, doesn’t it? I’m sure that some of it is true. It certainly can be true that people may do something to piss someone off. It certainly can be true that they might go after another part of the bike if foiled by a locking oil cap or other lock, but still intent on inflicting damage,. But it puts all the cause, all the blame, onto the victim, doesn’t it? And you might have inadvertently pissed someone off without any realization or purpose on your part, that it is the perpetrator’s problem, not yours? So you tiptoe through life and act so you can't possibly piss someone off? Is that the way to go through life, playing meek, playing safe? Also, absent from this is what we all most likely know about human nature, that there are some bad people out there that act badly, just cause, and that behind the acts of vandalism lie a variety of motives (revenge, jealousy, envy, false pride) and psychological reasons for behavior. We’ve heard even of kids, barely teenagers, who have put items into oil sumps almost as a prank, not knowing the huge damage that can result. But if a locking oil cap prevents damage to the engine, you should be ahead of the game. See the previous answer as well, as it applies.” [ Back to page top ]
“I don’t think it will ever happen to me.” (that no one will ever put anything in my oil)
Kurt Response: “I didn’t think it would happen to me either, but it did, and that was what spurred me to develop these caps so this didn’t happen again to me or to others. We probably hear this more than any other reason. And many people who contact us and buy a locking cap because someone put something awful in their oil, what do they say? ‘I never thought this would ever happen to me.’ Many say this, but not all, because others clearly see the potential for vandalism, know someone who had their oil vandalized, or have heard the stories and simply buy the cap to prevent damage and loss of road time. And I hope it doesn’t happen to you, because it’s simply an awful experience, like having someone steal your stuff or break into your home – not only do you get angry, you just feel terrible. Statistics? Odds? We sell a lot of caps. Most people don’t care if it happens to x number of people; only that it doesn’t happen to them.” (see Kurt’s story here: how and why ) [ Back to page top ]
“Locking oil caps are too expensive.”
Kurt’s response: “At first glance it might seem so. The precision machined, aircraft quality aluminum and durable lock are certainly way more expensive than the, frankly, cheap, featherweight plastic oil cap that Harley-Davidson provides. Way more. Here you have this incredible machine, a quality Harley-Davidson, all chrome and polished beauty maybe decked out with all kinds of H-D add-ons, and you’ve got this chintzy, cheap plastic cap? Plastic?”
and development to ensure each cap would be correctly machined to close
tolerances was extensive, not to mention sourcing everything from A to Z, nor
getting these products patented, etc. But generally what is meant by “too
expensive” is that the person doesn’t see enough value. For what it’s worth, I
can tell you that blood, sweat, and tears have gone into building this company
and to provide quality locking caps to H-D riders. Please review the website.
Consider the down time you’ll never have because your oil was vandalized.
Consider that you are adding peace of mind to your biking experience, as well as
value to the bike. Compared to potential losses, most people see more than
enough value to justify the price.” [
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